Friday, May 17, 2013
Campus gearing up for commencement
BU will hold two commencement ceremonies for undergraduates on May 18. Students from the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts will graduate at 10 a.m.; students from the Colleges of Business and Science and Technology will receive their degrees at 3 p.m.
Barbara Benner Hudock ’75, CEO and founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources, is this year's commencement speaker. Hudock, a former member of the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board, has more than 36 years of financial services experience. Active in the community and in professional organizations, she is a director of WVIA Public TV and Radio, Susquehanna Health, Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts and the Pershing Advisor Solutions Advisor Council. Her honors include BU’s Young Alumna of the Year Award, Governor’s Patron of the Arts Award and YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania’s Wise Woman of the Year Award.
The students who earned the highest grade point averages in each college, known as top honor graduates, will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies. The graduates, their hometowns and majors are:
- College of Liberal Arts and College of Business — Sarah E. Geise, Northumberland, double major in economics and business administration/management.
- College of Education — Justin E. Drumm, Bloomsburg, education/early childhood.
- College of Science and Technology — Dagaen Garrett Brady Golomb, Bloomsburg, double major in computer science and mathematics; and Caitlin Green, Factoryville, speech pathology and audiology.
As one chapter ends, another one begins
"As slowly as spring arrived this year, it didn’t appear to impact the speed of the semester. In fact, it seems like only yesterday I was welcoming you back to campus for the start of the 2012-13 academic year — the final year at Bloomsburg for more than 1,300 of you. I even remember welcoming you to the university as wide-eyed freshmen in August 2009. I was beginning my second full year as president, and you were getting your first taste of independence," — an excerpt from President David L. Soltz's latest blog.
Faculty honored as TALE outstanding teachers
Jennifer Johnson, assistant professor of psychology, and John Grandzol, professor of management, were selected by undergraduate students; Denise Davidson, assistant professor of school counseling and college student affairs, was chosen by graduate students.
Davidson’s nomination and selection is the first for the new TALE graduate teaching award. Nominating students praised her “expectation of excellence.” Known as a “demanding professor,” she “challenges her students to learn the material and connect it with other classes and their chosen professions.” Johnson’s nominators said she “goes out of her way to ensure that each student in her class, whether in a mass lecture or 20-person seminar, understands and learns the material provided.” She encourages students to become “intrinsically motivated” rather than just memorizing facts, and requires students to “think critically and apply their work, while at the same time giving back to their community.”
Students who nominated Grandzol called him an “outstanding teacher.” Students know that the “tools he is teaching them are what they will need when they begin a job.” He provides “learning experiences outside of the classroom to show how concepts are applied in the real world” and “piques interest in a topic.”
Summer 2013 - Campus Construction Activity
Featured on bloomu.edu/planning-construction-summer are a series of campus plans showing this summer’s more significant construction activity occurring across lower and upper campus. The approximate dates the projects will span are noted on the plans, which include several projects that started earlier in the spring semester. Any changes to the information shown on the plans will be updated as needed.
Huskies Unleashed: A college degree and a military commission
- 2LT Steven Shorter was commissioned into the PAANG in the Adjutant General Corps
- 2LT John Petty was commissioned in the Active Army Ordnance Corps with a follow on assignment to Ft Lewis, Wash.
- 2LT Adam Wendoloski commissioned in the Active Army as a Military Intelligence officer detailed to the Infantry for his first assignment in Alaska
- 2LT Robert Roche was commissioned into the PAANG as a Ordnance officer.
Congratulations to them and their families on this great accomplishment.
Four honored with Provost’s Award
Shown, from left, are Kuo-Hao Lee, finance; Todd Borlik, English; Jennifer Venditti-Roadarmel, biological and allied health sciences; Mark Bauman, educational studies and secondary education; Ira Blake, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
Each award winner received $1,000 for travel or other faculty development activities and a plaque. Nominations of untenured faculty are made by each dean and evaluated by Dean's Council based upon publications, presentations and other scholarly work.
Act 101/EOP honors graduating seniors
- Kirstin Selvey and Breanna Nicholson, Director’s Award Recipients
- Irvin Wright, Acting Associate Dean for Academic Achievement and professor of Developmental Education
- Jasmin Rockemore and Jasmin Rosario, Director’s Award Recipients
- Luke Betley, Achievement and Leadership Award Recipient
The Director’s Award is presented to graduating seniors of the program in recognition of their contributions to the university through student leadership and involvement. The Achievement and Leadership Award is presented to program seniors deserving special recognition. Act 101/EOP, coordinated through the Department of Developmental Instruction, provides support and opportunities for success to students traditionally under-represented in higher education.
Sigma Pi Sigma inducts four new members
Undergraduate candidates must have completed at least three semesters of full-time college work and at least three semester courses in physics that can be credited toward a physics major. Students who are not physics majors can be elected, provided that they meet the standards and have demonstrated an interest in physics. BU’s Department of Physics and Electronics Engineering is very pleased to congratulation the latest members of the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society.
Chemistry students, faculty see research presented on national stage
More than 15,000 chemists, academics, students and other professionals participated in the conference, addressing the relationship between chemistry and food in our society. Representing BU were Michael Pugh, Gene Tunney, Jessica Viscomu, Hannah Cronk, Christopher House, Jacob Powell, Toni Trumbo-Bell, Matthew Miele, Mark Tapsak, Owen O’Sullivan, Scott Blackburn and Diane Hinkens.
APICS hosts “Best of Class” Networking Night
The event featured a light buffet and a short program consisting of John Grandzol recognizing students graduating with the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Career Concentration, award winners for the SCM case competition, and officers for the APICS student chapter. Christian Grandzol displayed a pictorial year in review. A special presentation by NEPA APICS was among the highlights of the evening. The professional chapter presented the student chapter with the chapter charter and a very generous check to seed the chapter’s educational events.
PR students run successful $1,500 fundraising campaign
Using the online funding platform, Indiegogo.com, the class conducted several fundraisers across campus and within the surrounding community. In addition, the class hosted a 17-team Bocce Bash tournament in April on the Academic Quad. Proceeds from the Bocce Bash fundraiser will benefit the Special Olympics of Columbia/Montour to purchase equipment and increase athlete participation in the event. #CollaborativeLearning
Anthropology honors graduates, new Lambda Alpha members
Graduating Seniors — Tristan Adrian, Sarah Blackwell, Sarah Gray, Frank Hickman, Elizabeth Kinder, Kayla Maciorkoski, Jimmy Muwombi, Samantha Nowka, Natalie Wagner, John Barrett, Janelle Derr, Shelly Fought, Kahlil Little, Krysta Shaffer, Katelyn McMichael and Kristin Stauffer.
Lambda Alpha Inductees — Gabrielle A. Ferrara, Teresa M. Robbins, Rachel Lillian Harris, Andrew Ostrowsky, Matthew Vincent Kenny, Katelyn Shoemaker, Jared McAlexander, Amanda Shott, Emily R. Prisuta, Amber M. Weaver, Shayna Lee Stella, Tamara Sellers, Shannon Faye Sursely, Chelsea Meagan Myers, Gabrielle Vielhauer, Laurel K. Downs, Katrina S. Taylor, Michelle Mattar, Lindsay C. George and Gessica Barry.
A WISE investment in women’s leadership
- promoting awareness about women's issues
- highlighting women filmmakers
- bringing women together in their communities
This unique film festival highlighted women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.
PPL commits $26,500 to STEM Magnet program
Shown from left are BU President David L. Soltz; Teri MacBride, PPL regional affairs director; Michael Munroe, plant manager, PPL Montour; Jerome Dvorak, executive director, BU Foundation; Don Bernhard, PPL director of community affairs; Brian Case ’83, PPL manager of academic relations; Joe Scopelliti, community relations manager, PPL Susquehanna; Elizabeth Mauch, dean of the College of Education, BU; and Jim Hollister, assistant vice president for External Relations, BU.
Registration open for on-campus mass media camp
Students will be introduced to the expanding field of mass communications and how the mass media operate. During the workshop, students will produce web- and broadcast-quality projects using equipment and software in the mass communication television studio, control room, edit bays and multimedia computer lab. David Magolis and Jason Genovese, BU assistant professors of mass communications, will host the camp. The registration deadline is June 1. For additional information, contact Magolis at email@example.com.
Students win second place in Management competition
Shown from left are students Nathan Shefter, Andrew Foley, Kristin Hummel and Nicholas Bonitatibus with team adviser Lam Nguyen, associate professor of management, Joan Benek-Rivera, assistant dean of the College of Business, and John Okpara, chair of the department of management.
Lambda Pi Eta honors new members
In order to be eligible for membership, students must:
- complete 60 semester credit hours
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
- complete 12 credit hours within the department
- have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for department courses
- be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by BU policies
- rank within the top 35 percent of one’s class in general scholarship
Lambda Pi Eta members promote outstanding academic achievement in the communication discipline. Congratulations to the newest members of BU's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta! Inductees were Whitney Barksdale, Lauren Coffey, Nate Friesema, Abigail Morrison, Brianna Olsson, Colby Little, Michaela Reilly and Lindsay Romanelli.
Meet the inaugural Gloria Cohen-Dion award winner
This student achievement award is given to a political science major who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities during their tenure in the department. BU’s political science faculty unanimously selected Matthew Coombe to receive this award, which includes a cash gift.
Model UN connects with future global leaders
The Bloomsburg Model U.N. members provided their knowledge of the correct chairing process used by the United Nations. As usual, the students were very involved with the whole conference and eager to learn, they even taught some of the college students a few new pointers. Overall, the High School Conference was a productive one and we are excited to host next year’s High School conference. First Row (L-R): LaDeshia Maxwell, Kelly Murray, Jaimie Hoffman, James Haywood, Jessica White, Kenny Gillis and Dave Yael. Second Row (L-R): Ace Ahmed, Haleigh McDonald, Eric Petrozino, Abdullah Al-Bahrani, Harold Alfred, A.S.M. Tuhin and Matt Albertson.
Gender Studies honors graduates, essay winner
Also at the reception, the winner of the 2012-2013 GSM Essay Competition was announced. This year's winner is the graduating student, Hannah Long, double-majoring in communication studies and psychology and double-minoring in Gender Studies and Philosophy.
Her essay title is "What's the Buzz About? Reclaiming Female Sexuality through the Vibrator." As a prize, Hannah Long received Cheryl Strayed's national best-seller novel, Wild. Her essay investigates the liberating function of the vibrator for women. Initially developed as a treatment for the condition of hysteria, the vibrator has changed the way that women’s pleasure is viewed and achieved. Because of this liberating aspect, the vibrator serves as a device for sexual freedom as well as a call for discussions on social and ideological realms of female sexuality.
Rotary students unleash their Inner Husky
What would it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
Biology students earn big awards at annual state meeting
- In addition to her CPUB Outstanding Student award, Kelsey Matthews (BS Biology, Pre-Med) was also honored with a first place for her research talk in the Cell and Molecular Biology — Undergraduate Presentation division.
- Ghaith Ibrahim (M.S. Biology) won second place in the Overall Graduate Student division that included all graduate students in both the Ecology, Evolution and Organismal and Cellular and Molecular Biology divisions for both platform and poster presentations.
Board of Governors scholars honored
2013 BOG Scholar Graduates
Tyler Allmond, Whitney Barksdale, Ralph Beishline, Susan Brehm, Laura Brehm, Colton Brouse, Jasmine Brown, Rachel Bushinski, Jazmin Carrasco, Raymond Carter, Ryan Cellini, Shyree Clark, Leslie Cope, Deja Davis, Jestina Drysdale, Amro Elansari., Dagaen Golomb, Sarah Gorr, Evelynn Guzman, Heather Hamilton, Eona Harrison, Caprese Harmon, Jaimie Hoffman, Johanna Hyacinthe, Latoya Jamison, Hanna Jarsocrak, Fred Johnson, Terrance Jones Jr., Kimberly Lebron, Shamirra Lloyd, Samantha Morton, Jimmy Muwombi, George Naef, Lindsey Nako, Elizabeth Ola, Tamika Oliver, Ryan Oravec, Gabriel Ortiz, Kenneth Pallis, Ryan Poticher, Caitlin Prokopchak, Tykirra Robinson, Jasmin Rockemore, Jasmin Rosario, Michelle Sherman, Michael St. John, Briana Thomas, Eli Tome, Christopher Wise, Kristin Witmer and Meredith Woy.
English students soak in the arts of NYC
While visiting the Met Museum, students toured the medieval artifacts exhibits and the arms and armor displays. At the Morgan Library, in a private viewing room, a curator shared five rare and early printed books, ranging from a first edition of Malory's Morte Darthur to a 15th century Romance of the Rose with hand-painted illuminations, with the students. The Kelmscott Press edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was the group's favorite. Their trip was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.
TriBeta receives prestigious honor
Any chapter which wins the award or either of the honorable mentions, is one in which students have been encouraged to conduct biological research, to present the work at scientific meetings, and to write and submit the work for publication in a scientific journal.
ITM students showcase their skills and research
Bloomsburg University students in the course Systems Security Management, ITM 408, competed for the opportunity to attend the conference by researching a current topic in cyber security. Students participated in conference events while their posters were displayed. Abstracts of their research will be published in the proceedings. (L-R): John Hegarty, Aaron Reed, Ryan Dunleavy, Anthony Dellanoce, David Hummel, Korey Young, Garrett Kroboth. Not pictured: Maura Gay, Isaac Kopp, James Ruffin.
BU's information and technology management (ITM) program is designed to educate individuals to effectively plan, design, select, implement, use, and administer emerging information and communication technologies. The program curriculum and instructional strategies provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed to effectively integrate people, technology, and business processes to support organizational goals.
NSSLHA honored at state speech-language-hearing convention
- fundraising for the Danville Aphasia Center
- participation in activities at a local nursing home
- for its ongoing encouragement of undergraduate research through its Research Committee
- for its support of the annual Health Sciences Symposium
- ongoing community outreach
- and for its financial support of the speech and language clinical programs.
The award was accepted by NSSLHA President Brianna Haines at the annual Awards Luncheon held at convention.
Programming Team wins PACISE Contest
The annual PACISE Programming Contest and Conference brings together students from the fourteen PASSHE schools every spring. This year 22 teams from eleven schools competed at East Stroudsburg University. Also participating from Bloomsburg were a team consisting of Shane Levengood, Dan Eubank, and David Sutherland, and team alternates Melissa Wall and Mike Young. Associate Professor of Computer Science Robert Montante is the ACM advisor for the teams. #CollaborativeLearning
Audiology students provide screenings for at-risk youth
Children in these programs are English Language Learner, Disabled, or Developmentally Delayed.
As part of the BU’s audiology program community outreach, the group made visits to three Family YMCA Head Starr programs:
- Pre-K Counts
- the Early Childhood Development Center
- the Annex Kindergarten Program
Approximately 100 children at these three sites on three different days had their hearing screened using pure tone audiometry or otoacoustic emissions. BU's audiology department and The Family YMCA understand the importance of early intervention and the benefits of identifying hearing loss as soon as possible to allow these children to develop a solid educational foundation. #SenseOfCommunity
Huskies finish third in PASSHE Business Plan Competition
» The plan for Dorm Discount (.com) was developed by Krutarth Patel, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). The service would provide a unique self-service coupon creator and management system that business owners would use to generate, monitor and modify promotions easily and conveniently. Its goal would be to maximize savings to college students while boosting revenues for small business owners
» Thomas Rounsville Jr. of East Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg University took second place in the competition with his proposal to create a system that would allow investigators collecting evidence at a wildlife crime scene to use essentially the same techniques and technologies that are used in human forensics. The use of such technology in the field could result in rapid identification of potential poachers.
» Paul Rosa and Sean Roth, both students at Bloomsburg University, took third place with a proposal to create a social network that would allow sports fans to post 15-second video clips of themselves speaking about popular topics, which then could be viewed by a mass audience. It would give the user the ability to interact and reply to other fans’ video posts with their own video posts while experiencing smooth site navigation in an online sports community.
The winners of the competition will receive $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, to be used as seed money to assist in the startup of their proposed business ventures. More than 200 student teams competed in this year’s competition, designed to provide student entrepreneurs a real-world opportunity to pitch their original business plans. The competition was sponsored by PSECU, F&M Trust, PNC Bank, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and JP Morgan and was partially funded by a Keystone Innovation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Enactus wins regional champion
In addition, four of the active members received the Enactus Leadership Award for achievement of more than 100 volunteer hours throughout this academic year. The competition also included a career fair, where students were interviewed on the spot for internships and full time positions. To learn more about Enactus and their role in the campus community, please contact Dominique Clark, at firstname.lastname@example.org.